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Law Resources at the University of Ulster


for  Legislation

These sites are FREE.

Full-text coverage varies from site to site.

See  also: Finding Legislation

See also: Gateway sites

Highly Recommended:

UK Statute Law Database

Launched in December 2006 the Statute Law Database is the most comprehensive free source of revised UK legislation from 1267 onwards. It also covers all the devolved Parliaments and Assemblies.


This has a very comprehensive HELP section which explains how to use the database as well as explaining such difficulties as how NI legislation fits into the UK context.

OPSI - Office of Public Sector Information

This site provides access to unrevised, i.e. 'as enacted' legislation as follows:


Should you require 'as enacted' legislation earlier than this, the best source would be the Library database JUSTIS which contains UK statutes 1260-

NI Statutes 1921- may also be available on Library shelves. See: Library catalogue.

UK Parliament - includes:


Use this site for any queries regarding the working of both Houses of Parliament.

See also Parliamentary Publications and Archives for full-text research documents on a variety of subject areas. Most Bills introduced will have a research paper prepared about them - useful for overviews.


The gateway to legislative resources for Europe.
Full text of official journal 'C' and 'L' series from last 20 days; text of treaties; Legislation from 1953-.
European Commission

Click on Quick Links on right hand side of page for Summaries of Legislation by topic area

British and Irish Legal Information Institute - BAILii

For UK and Irish statutes & Statutory Instruments 1922- 
Do not use for Northern Ireland Legislation, use the Statute Law Database instead.
  IRLii - Irish Legal Information Initiative

Excellent site maintained by University of Cork. Contains Irish legislation from 1922 as well as indexes to Irish legal journals and case law.

Parliament of Ireland - Excellent site containing   AUSTLii

Contains consolidated copies of all Commonwealth of Australia Acts with the exception of Appropriation and Supply Acts.

Companion site to AUSTLii etc. It contains links to a large number of countries, with legislation (often in the original language).


All Canadian Statutes and regulations from 1995-
US Senate

Click on Virtual Reference Desk for links to legislation, in both the Senate and the House of Representatives, as well as much more information on the legislative process in the United States 

  Jurist World Law

Links to a variety of countries. Many have links to the national Parliament and legislation of the country.


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